Saturday, December 29, 2007

Osho: about journalism

"That’s why people go on reading the newspapers.

Newspapers help you very much. Early in the morning, before you have even taken your tea. you are ready for the newspaper. And the newspaper brings nothing like news, because there is nothing new. It is the same old rotten thing.

But you feel good: somewhere, somebody has been murdered, somewhere there has been a Watergate, and somewhere something else, and somewhere somebody has stolen, and somebody’s wife has escaped with somebody else... and so on and so forth.

Watching all that, you relax; you feel, 'So, I am not so bad – the whole world is going to the dogs. I am a far better person. I have not yet escaped with the wife of the neighbor. I have not killed anybody yet – although I think of it, but thinking is not a crime where people are actually doing things.'

You feel good. And the moment you feel good, you remain the same"

(Osho, The Tantra Vision Vol 1).

Monday, December 10, 2007

Electronic music pioneer Karlheinz Stockhausen dead

Electronic music pioneer Karlheinz Stockhausen dead (August 22, 1928 – December 5, 2007)
The German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen known for his ground-breaking work in electronic music and aleatory (controlled chance) in serial composition is no longer. He was 79 and died in the German city of Kürten, in Nordrhein-Westfalen so the Stockhausen Foundation led by his ex-wife Mary Bauermeister announced on Friday. No cause of death was diclosed.

Having composed 362 individually performable works, Stockhausen was one of the most important artist in the avant-garde movement after World War II. After a short career in non electronic music in March 1953 he moved to the NWDR studio in Cologne to work on electronic music. The first result of that were two "Electronic Studies", respectively recorded in 1953 and 1954.

Stockhausen also caused lots of commotion with un unorthodox way of woring and thinking. After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States, Stockhausen declared that the attacks were "Lucifer's greatest work of art". However, most of the press only printed the words "works of art".

Stockhausen was a source of inspiration for many electronic musicians like Kraftwerk, Jean-Michel Jarre and so on. A commemorative concert will take place soon at the Sülztalhalle in Kürten. Programme, time and date will be announced. A memorial booklet can be downloaded here.

Stockhausen's last controversial work was the Helicopter String Quartet, where four members of a string quartet performed in four helicopters flying independent flight-paths over the countryside near the concert hall. The sounds they played were mixed together with the sounds of the helicopters and played through speakers to the audience in the hall.

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